The streets of Williamsburg saw an unusual uptick in sensible high heels last Tuesday evening, when a couple hundred journalists, writers and editors dressed in summer office casual filed out of the Bedford Avenue station and into the muggy front room of Public Assembly, forming a line out the door. They were there to attend a story-pitching clinic for female journalists, titled, somewhat preciously, “Throw Like a Girl.”
Once inside, they stood shoulder-to-shoulder, sipping beers, while New York Times reporter Amy O’Leary asked a panel of editors and writers to talk about moxie.
Why was it, Ms. O’Leary wondered, that as a young freelancer she had spent months refining every pitch while her male peers tossed off story proposals from every statistic or idea they encountered?
12 to Watch in 2012
Welcome to 12 to Watch in 2012, a new web series profiling some of New York’s top minds doing innovative things with technology and design.
Meet Evan Ratliff, cofounder and editor of The Atavist, a publishing house that wants to take long-form nonfiction reporting into a multimedia storytelling environment. The Atavist has a dual purpose – to showcase in-depth pieces that fall between traditional magazine and book lengths, and to power the software that allows anyone to create and publish their own likeminded work to devices like the iPad, Kindle, Nook, and iPhone.
He Said / He Said
New Yorker writer Evan Ratliff defends his story about Rep. Michael Grimm, after the congressman gave his account to the Staten Island Advance editorial board.
Grimm also made some puzzling new assertions to the Advance. He said that Williams “instituted a lawsuit claiming damages of a million dollars.” The amount claimed, according Read More
Evan Ratliff at the New Yorker digs up details about an incident involving Michael Grimm, a gun and a night club back in July 1999, before he was a congressman and just an an FBI agent.
Recently, in his Washington office, Grimm told me that he’d been jumped by his date’s Read More